The survey allows youth to tell the community what's going on in their lives. Adults can use the data to take action to support young people. 85% of students enrolled in 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th grade in Franklin County Schools and Frankfort Independent Schools took the anonymous Youth Survey in 2023.

43% spend 3+ hours per day on social media

74% have friends at school who care about them

19% have cut or harmed themselves on purpose
48% say their mental health is good

87% easily get warmth and care from parents

27% find school work pointless

2023 Areas of Strength

A large majority of students have never used alcohol, tobacco, marijuana or other drugs. 

Most students report high levels of parental support and monitoring.

Regular participation in extracurricular activities is increasing in all categories.

Overwhelming majority of students say their parents disapprove of substance abuse. 

2023 Areas of Concern

1 in 5 students tried alcohol at age 13 or younger.

Vaping is increasing among 9th and 10th graders.

Nearly half of students report spending 3 hours or more per day on social media.

Less than a quarter of students agree that kids at school are usually nice to each other.

More students are reporting poor mental health, and one in five reports having harmed themself on purpose.

Allow your child to take the 2024 Survey in February. Survey is given at school and remains anonymous.

Ask your school for more information.

What can you do?

Discuss this information with friends, family and colleagues. Email [email protected] to schedule a data presentation or Parent Cafe for your group.